This post is by Fonnie Hassing, Voice of Reason at The Feisty Empire.
Paul wasn’t at all sure about getting an iPad, but I was.
So we bought one, just before our holiday – during which time we had plenty of time to check it out.
Here are my ten favourite things about it:
1. The iPad is extremely useful for research when away on holiday (e.g. checking weather, planning dog walks at low tide, finding fish and chip shops and following maps).
2. It’s much easier to email from the iPad than my iPhone because the keyboard is bigger (though not big enough to make full use of touch-typing skills).
3. We no longer need a back-up PC in our home. The one falling to pieces in our lounge room can now be used for parts or sold.
4. Nor is there any need for a laptop for now. If we have to work away from home, the iPad is good enough.
5. We can YouTube more easily and so access any music that’s not in our collection. Unlike my iPhone, the screen is big enough to view clips. It has better sound quality too.
6. To date, we’ve only used a small fraction of our existing cable broadband plan. It’s great that the iPad can use this plan without any additional cost. Even better, the iPad is sensitive enough to consistently pick up our Wi-Fi network (which our second PC could not).
7. If we’re not in a location that has free Wi-Fi, we can use my iPhone as a personal hotspot (i.e. a defacto modem). My iPhone plan gives me 1GB download per month which I use very little of, so this is extremely useful when we’re away from home.
8. We didn’t have to buy an iPad with the largest storage capacity to be able to access all our music. Our 18 GB of music is stored in the iCloud which we can access from our 16 GB iPad. This kept the cost down. Even better, we can plug our big old PC speakers into the iPad for excellent stereo sound quality at high volume.
9. We bought an iPad 2 instead of the new iPad because we decided to familiarise ourselves on the base model. Plus, it was available right now and the benefits we’d heard of for the new iPad (e.g. better resolution) weren’t essential to our requirements.
10. If I can sell Apple products to Paul, he might consider buying the 27-inch Apple iMac to make the endless hours he spends working at his computer a whole lot better. We might even get a novel out of him and that would be awesome!
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